Photo by Eric P.
From a press release:
“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), joined by Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthony Brown (D-MD) and David Trone (D-MD), today announced that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will conduct a study of helicopter noise within the Washington metropolitan region, a request the Members made in January.
In their letter, Members wrote, “Many of our constituents live with the impacts of regular helicopter noise that interrupts sleep patterns, causes their homes to shake and negatively impacts their quality of life. While disturbances from helicopter noise have been a longstanding problem for some, others have noted recent increases in the frequency and severity of helicopter noise in their neighborhoods. We understand that helicopter activity is an essential part of law enforcement, military and medical operations and appreciate the critical efforts of employees serving in those sectors. However, we also believe that, through information collection, analysis and coordination, we can identify strategies to minimize the negative impacts of helicopter activity without impeding the work of the agencies operating helicopters within the region.” (more…)
A group of middle-aged men wearing purple shirts and a menorah of some sort (Israelites?), claiming to be a religious group, actually just yelling into microphone in front of the Columbia Heights metro about how bad all white people are. Among complaints that major grocery stores are being run by white people and that black people should starve instead of go.
Disheartening to hear when considering the tensions already present in the area.
Has anyone else heard of these guys or know what their agenda is/desired outcomes are?”
Ed. Note: The Black Hebrew Israelites have been “preaching”, off and on, outside the Columbia Heights metro since at least 2009. They are often also seen/heard outside the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. In January they were involved in the controversy that feels like a million years ago. Suffice it to say they are looking for a reaction and it is a free speech issue.
Came across this sign on a house on 13th St near Spring as I was walking back to my house in Petworth yesterday. Any info on this? I have a friend who lives further up the street and similarly dealt with developers harassing him and his roommates a few years ago for complaining to the city about their building practices, so not terribly surprised if this was also true.”
Ed. Note: Another reader sent a photo of the sign on the right hand side of the photo above a few weeks ago. I hadn’t seen the one on the left, which is also intriguing.
“A tale as old as time: We, an established DC small business, literally a mom and pop business run by a husband and wife team for over 9 years in the H st corridor, are being challenged by a neighbor who moved in just 1 year ago. We are humbly asking for the support of the community we live to serve and have loved to be a part of over the past decade. Thank you so much for your continued support.”
There are currently 2,250 signatories (as of 9:30am).
Thanks to all who sent us the tweets from Dangerously Delicious Pie’s Pie Shop: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user quemac
I tried to hang out in our yard yesterday afternoon with our baby boy, because it was a gorgeous afternoon, but within 15 minutes, I had 8-10 bites on my legs, even after spraying up. So now I’m researching yard spraying services. We are trying to be environmentally conscious and not use the stuff that hurts pollinators, but I’m wondering how effective the organic/all-natural stuff really is. Can folks chime in on whether this is worth it, and what they’ve been quoted? (more…)
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin the annual spraying of the female ginkgo street trees tonight, Tuesday, April 30. The spraying will occur overnight from 9 p.m. through 6 a.m., weather permitting.
The annual spraying serves to reduce the formation of mature ginkgo fruit, which emits an offensive smell when it falls on sidewalks and roadways. DDOT will use the same spray it has used for the past 20 years, Shield-3EC 24(C). (more…)
Yesterday I was walking by shaw metro around 5 pm, and it looked like a junkyard for electric scooters – see picture. How does this fit in with the vision for making DC beautiful?
About an hour later, on my way back at the same location, a young woman zoomed past me on one of these scooters. She almost ran into people on the sidewalk and barely swerved past them. Then I heard the guy behind me muttering something along the lines of – next time someone does that to him on a sidewalk, he is just going to stick his knife in them. Then he yelled across the street at someone else on a scooter, telling them to slow their ass down. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user quemac
Ed. Note: God it’s been lovely enjoying these last couple of weeks without them. When do you think they’ll start coming this year?
Just thinking it might be time for another mosquito control post. I’d love to hear what people think about:
A) whether spraying for mosquitos works (especially the ‘natural’ kind) and B) whether there is any point in spraying if your neighbors don’t (won’t mosquitos just come our property from theirs?). C) Any specific companies people recommend/dis-recommend?”
Thanks to all who forwarded the letter from Howard University’s President:
“April 19, 2019
Dear Howard University Family,
Our campus is a beautiful, sacred space that provides comfort and, in many ways, sanctuary in a place that feels more like a second home than merely an academic institution. The Upper Quadrangle, commonly referred to as the Yard, is a treasured site of many auspicious occasions. Our Commencement Ceremony is the ultimate long walk that symbolizes a sacred tradition, symbolic of every student’s matriculation. The Howard University community wants to see this area remain pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents.
We are aware of the concerns regarding dog walking across campus. Howard is a private institution nestled in the heart of an urban city and we’ve shared a long-standing positive relationship with our evolving community for more than 150 years, which we look forward to continuing in the future. (more…)
Thanks to Bill for passing on “I thought Kent’s message here was pretty thoughtful and addresses some of the key challenges and tensions in Columbia Heights right now.”
From Kent C. Boese | Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A | Single Member District (SMD) 1A08 (posting with Kent’s permission):
“The ANC members continue to work with officers, get to know them, and advocate for officers to walk our neighborhoods. We attend the Police Service Area Meetings when they are scheduled and many of us have developed strong relationships with our officers. What has changed in the 8+ years since you were on ANC1A isn’t the commitment of Commissioners or our dedication. We work very hard on public safety issues, often without the support we need from above.
While some of the challenges we face in effective policing are logistical (i.e., changing officers due to promotions and retirements, changes in MPD police district and PSA boundaries), the real challenge we face is changes (good and bad) in what our officers are allowed to do, largely based on political decisions from the Council.
Frankly, when it comes to public safety in Ward 1, I do not believe we have an effective advocate in the Wilson building who can articulate a sound policy that balances the rights of residents with the responses from our police and social service agencies. Yes, we now have the NEAR Act which I voted for on the ANC and which I wholeheartedly support. But we are not going to see the benefits of the ACT immediately, and even when we see the full benefits of the NEAR Act in the coming years, there will still be an appropriate role and need for police. (more…)